First World War veteran Florence Green honoured in King’s Lynn regeneration

West Norfolk's oldest resident Florence Green celebrates her 110th birthday, pictured with her daughter May Green (right) ENGANL00120120602100353

West Norfolk's oldest resident Florence Green celebrates her 110th birthday, pictured with her daughter May Green (right) ENGANL00120120602100353

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A First World War veteran will be honoured within the £30 million regeneration of Lynn’s Hillington Square.

Freebridge Community Housing will be naming a section of the new look complex after Florence Green.

Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of Florence Green, the world's last surviving World War I service member, who has passed away in her sleep at Briar House care home in King's Lynn on Saturday. She was due to celebrate her 111th birthday on February 19. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 7, 2012. The great-grandmother joined the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) as a 17-year-old in the late summer of 1918. Her youngest daughter, June Evetts, 76, who lives in Oundle, near Peterborough, told the Eastern Daily Press: 'She led an amazing and extraordinary life. She must have seen a lot of changes in her time. See PA story DEATH Green. Photo credit should read: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. ENGNNL0012
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of Florence Green, the world's last surviving World War I service member, who has passed away in her sleep at Briar House care home in King's Lynn on Saturday. She was due to celebrate her 111th birthday on February 19. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 7, 2012. The great-grandmother joined the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) as a 17-year-old in the late summer of 1918. Her youngest daughter, June Evetts, 76, who lives in Oundle, near Peterborough, told the Eastern Daily Press: 'She led an amazing and extraordinary life. She must have seen a lot of changes in her time. See PA story DEATH Green. Photo credit should read: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. ENGNNL0012

Florence was thought to be the last surviving veteran of the First World War but sadly died at the age of 110 in 2012. She served as a mess steward after working at Narborough Airfield and RAF Marham.

The first phase of the regeneration, which is due to be finished later this year will be called Millfleet Court, with the two roads on either side being called Stonegate Street and Florence Road.

Last summer, 300 people told a public consultation that they did not want the estate’s name changed but there was strong support for a more individual approach to the block.

Other names to be used in the Hillington Square are Coronation Walk, Eldridge Way and Gurney Road. Details of their use will be shared further into the project.

Chief executive Tony Hall said: “People were very keen that we use the history of west Norfolk when new names were chosen, so that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“For example, having a street on the development called Florence Road is so important to us, especially in the centenary year of World War One.

“We are also pleased to be able to recognise the heritage of the area in Millfleet Court and Stonegate Street.”

 

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